On the finish of a forgettable 2018, Livingstone relinquished the Lancashire captaincy regardless of capping the season with a blistering hundred within the T20 Blast on the Finals Day.
It was fairly an anti-climax in some ways for Livingstone’s time with Lancashire. He received the NatWest Blast trophy in his first season with the county crew in 2015. Nevertheless, the century within the 2018 T20 Blast maybe made Livingstone realise his potential as a white-ball specialist, and he determined to place wheels below his profession to journey all over the world as a contract T20 batter.
Karachi Kings, Perth Scorchers, Peshawar Zalmi, Rajasthan Royals – -Livingstone did not miss any alternative he was supplied in franchise cricket. However his largest deal undoubtedly got here on Sunday in Bengaluru.
On the second day of bidding, Livingstone, who additionally bowls occasional off-spin, was fiercely fought for by Punjab Kings and IPL debutants Gujarat Titans. However co-owner Ness Wadia-led Punjab camp was decided to bag him and finally did for Rs 11.50 crore, which made Livingstone the most costly abroad participant of the 2022 public sale.
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India’s Ishan Kishan is the most costly participant general of the 2022 participant public sale, at Rs 15.25 crore. He was purchased again by Mumbai Indians, who hadn’t retained him earlier than the public sale.
Coming again to Livingstone, travelling the world to play in T20 leagues, and performing properly there, earned him an ODI debut in 2021. He was additionally referred to as again by the England selectors for T20Is, after a four-year hiatus within the shortest format.
In home T20s, his stats learn 164 matches, 4095 runs, 2 a whole bunch and 23 fifties, with a strike price of SR 144.49. His off-spin has additionally fetched him 67 wickets.
On his return to carrying England colors, notably in T20Is, Livingstone did justice to the restored religion proven in him by the selectors. He hit a century off simply 42 balls towards Pakistan at Trent Bridge in July final 12 months – which was additionally the quickest ever by an England batter in T2OIs.
However his maiden season within the IPL was in 2019 with Rajasthan Royals. He has performed simply 9 matches within the cash-rich league, scoring a mere 112 runs with a highest rating of 44.
But it surely’s his return to kind for England that renewed curiosity of IPL franchises in him and fetched Livingstone the large bucks.